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Kids A to Z strives to empower parents and set children up for success. The show addresses the areas of development (i.e., physical, intellectual, social-emotional, emotional, and moral), how they influence each other, and how to best foster them. Topics such as the effects of TV on the brain, how physical activity benefits cognition, and the benefits of bilingualism are just a few themes.
Early childhood experiences are critical. They set the foundation for skills across the lifespan. Specialists find parents often lack fundamental knowledge or receive misinformation. There are also alarming trends of decreased science and math scores and increased numbers of obese and special needs children in the US. Kids A to Z provides parents with information and ideas to enable all children to thrive. The developmental range for the show is birth to five years. Parents, grandparents, and related professionals in childcare are all part of the target audience.
"Brains in Toyland" are what children are. In this segment, Dr. T interviews a child development professional, such as a psychologist or physical therapist, to provide expert information so caregivers know what they need to foster and how. Children learn and grow through play. In the next "All-Star Play Room" segment, Dr. T interviews a guest who offers a child-centered product or service, such as piano teacher or a tae kwon do instructor, to suggest ideas for toys and activities that foster development. In the final "Ask Dr. T" segment, Dr. T and her professional guests meet with parents and children who engage in activities related to the topic of the day. The professionals also field questions from the audience and share case studies answering questions caregivers may not know or feel confident enough to ask.
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